School poised for heritage status

City wants trustees to designate Armstrong Elementary as a heritage site

Armstrong council is providing some extra reading for the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District.

Two years ago, council requested that the district look at making Armstrong Elementary School a heritage building.

As the city is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2013, council is hoping to expedite the process by creating a draft bylaw that would allow the building to be recognized as a heritage site.

“We respect the fact that it’s a school district-owned building, but we also recognize the importance of Armstrong Elementary School as a valued part of our heritage inventory,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie.

The city had hoped the school, built about 1921, would have been named a heritage building prior to celebrate the city’s centennial.

Council would like to introduce the heritage building bylaw at its April 8 regular meeting, hold a public hearing on the matter April 22, and adopt the bylaw May 13.

“That way, it’s done before the end of the school year and we can celebrate the school as a heritage designation,” said Mayor Chris Pieper.

Harding Road application moving ahead

Council has approved a development permit application from Emil Anderson Construction for the property located at Highway 97A and Harding Road that will feature 63 single -amily residential lots.

The application addresses the form and character of the residential development proposed for a portion of the property.

Council agreed to the application but wanted staff to remove one item in regards to landscaping and fencing from the application.

“It’s reasonable to expect the developer wants to sell his project, so they’ll do what makes sense,” said Coun. John Trainor.

The subject property is currently under application to amend the official community plan and zoning bylaw to expand the portion of the property that is zoned highway and tourist commercial. Both sit at third reading.

A Tim Hortons will make up one part of the commercial aspect of the property.

The residential zoning is apartment and multi-family (R.4).

Funds coming

The City of Armstrong has received the first installment from the province’s strategic community investment fund program.

Armstrong will receive about $332,000 from the program in 2013, and it recently received its first cheque for $94,653.

The city has yet to discuss where the money will be used.

Armstrong does not qualify for any of the province’s traffic fine revenue due to its population being less than 5,000.


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